I. verb (withered; withering) Etymology: Middle English widren; probably akin to Middle English weder weather Date: 14th century intransitive verb 1. to become dry and sapless; especially to shrivel from or as if from loss of bodily moisture 2. to lose vitality, force, or freshness <
public support for the bill is withering
transitive verb 1. to cause to wither 2. to make speechless or incapable of action ; stun <
withered him with a look — Dorothy Sayers
II. noun Date: 1607 chiefly British withers

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